Gender Asset Gap Project

The Gender Asset Gap project was created in 2009 to demonstrate the importance and feasibility of collecting individual-level data on women’s and men’s access to and ownership of property. The fielded surveys were representative at the national level for Ecuador and Ghana and at the level of the state for Karnataka, India. These data sets have been used to calculate measures of the gender asset and wealth gaps for these three countries. Analysis of the data is now underway to provide methodological insights that will inform future collection and presentation of individual-level asset data.

A parallel strand of analysis is to identify the critical enabling or constraining social, economic and institutional factors affecting women's asset ownership, as well as to establish how women’s ownership of assets affects development outcomes. In addition, the project is working with government statistical agencies, international organizations and civil society organizations to find ways to collect better data and use it to strengthen women’s property rights.

Cheryl Doss
Senior Departmental Lecturer in Development Economics and Associate Professor
Hema Swaminathan
Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore
Abena Oduro
University of Ghana, Legon
Carmen Diana Deere
University of Florida